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Health Minister replaces Latvia’s chief oncologist

Friday, May 24, 2019

Latvia’s Health Minister Ilze Viņķele (Development/For!) has replaced five chief specialists in the country’s healthcare system, including Dace Baltiņa, the ministry’s oncology specialist who was, for a time, a high-ranking employee at a company promoting the highly controversial Rigvir anti-cancer medicine. Baltiņa was routinely criticized in the media for her simultaneous work at a private medical company while concurrently playing a role at the Health Ministry. Baltiņa’s post will be taken…

Honor to Serve Riga to nominate candidate for Riga mayor after EP elections

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Honor to Serve Riga (GKR) party is ready to nominate a candidate for Riga mayor when the European Parliament elections are over, acting Riga mayor Olegs Burovs (GKR) told LETA. Burovs said that GKR took the decision at an extended board meeting as the party is ready to take over leadership in the city. Burovs would not reveal the party’s possible candidate for the mayoral office, but indicated that this…

System malfunction limits voting freedom for Latvian voters

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Malfunctions have been observed in the online data exchange system used by election sites in Latvia to for European Parliament elections. This is why it is no longer possible for residents to vote at any election site, limiting their voting options to the election sites they are registered with, as explained by the Central Election Commission (CEC). Experts are currently hard at work tracking the malfunction to fix it. It…

Estonians linked to armed gang busted in Lithuania

Thursday, May 23, 2019

An armed gang of 22 individuals involved in arms and drug smuggling was exposed in Lithuania as a result of the joint activity of police in Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Spain and the U.K. The ring of suspects also includes Estonians. The gang is also suspected of having organized the murder of Kaunas resident Deimantas Bugavičius in 2015. “The individuals are suspected of having organized and carried out the aforementioned murder,…

Estonian govt has agreed about idea of lowering alcohol tax

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The discussions on Estonia’s budgetary strategy for 2020-2023 will be continued on the basis of the current State Budget Act and an agreement has been made concerning lowering of the alcohol excise duty, Finance Minister Martin Helme said after the government meeting on the subject of the budgetary strategy for four years and the state budget for 2020, informed LETA/BNS. “We will go on based on the existing State Budget…

Coalition wants more time to discuss Prosecutor General’s position

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Several ruling coalition politicians on May 20 avoided expressing a concrete position on Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns’ (New Conservative Party) suggestion to assess Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers’ suitability for the post; the coalition is planning to return to the issue after a week, on May 27. Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) told reporters after the coalition’s weekly meeting that not all coalition members had acquainted themselves with Bordān’s reasons, and discussions about the proposal…

Little green birds are back online at Latvian military base

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Green Crows are back, and everyone is invited to watch. As we reported last year, it might seem like a shocking security breach that tiny concealed cameras are broadcasting live pictures from inside a restricted Latvian military facility, but it’s all done for a very laudable reason: the showcase the role of military zones as important wildlife habitats. Green crows are actually not carrion birds at all but known in English as European…

Egypt bomb attack hits tourist bus

Monday, May 20, 2019

17 tourists in Egypt have been wounded in a bomb explosion near the landmark Giza pyramids. French news agency AFP reports local security and medical sources that the roadside bomb went off as a tourist bus was being driven in Giza, also causing injuries to Egyptians in a nearby car. «A device exploded and smashed the windows of a bus carrying 25 people from South Africa and a private car…

Poland fights child abuse with prison sentences up to 30 years (Video)

Monday, May 20, 2019

Polish legislators have extended prison terms for convicted paedophiles to a maximum 30 years. The Catholic country’s child abuse scandals have been underscored by a new documentary on such crimes by Polish priests. French news agency AFP reported that on Thursday, May 16, Polish legislators voted overwhelmingly to support amendments to the criminal code that also introduces life sentences for the most dangerous paedophiles and remove a statute of limitations…

Volodymyr Zelensky: Our primary task is ceasefire in Donbas

Monday, May 20, 2019

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the ceasefire in the country’s east and the return of the Ukrainian Crimea and Donbas are the main priorities of his team. He told this in his inaugural speech during a solemn parliamentary session. “Our primary task is ceasefire in Donbas. I can assure: I am willing to do everything for our heroes not to die anymore. And I am definitely not afraid…